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Dog Returned to Shelter Home for Not Matching the Colour of the Sofa at Adopter's Home

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Claire Horton, a charity worker and the former CEO of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home located in South London, recently shared funny incidents and some shocking facts related to the pet industry.

Pet lovers most certainly visit shelter homes for adopting animals, whom they can take home. Dogs are most often adopted for their loyal characteristics. But how frequently do we hear a dog being returned to the shelter home?

Claire Horton, a charity worker and the former CEO of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home located in South London, recently shared funny incidents and some shocking facts related to the pet industry during her interview with BBC‘sDesert Island Discs.

Claire mentions that 10% of adopted dogs are returned after owners face problems. In her interview, she even said that owners who want to return a pet should do it for the right reasons. She revealed some hilarious reasons for owners returning the animals.

Claire explained that sometimes, the reasons can be genuine, such as a change in circumstances, illness, or possible death. At times, the reasons are relationship breakdown and divorce. These are most common.

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The current pandemic situation has also caused a lot of owners to give back their pets. Many pet owners struggled with job loss and eventually had to return their pooches. Also, on the other hand, the same pandemic crisis was the reason for the decreased number of pets returning back. People had more time to spend with their pets during the lockdown.

But sometimes, the ground basis of returning is so illogical. She stated, “We get people who bring them back because they didn’t think it well if the dog was going to wee on the carpet or chew the door.”

Claire gave one more reason given by an owner. An owner apparently returned the dog only because it didn’t match the colour of the sofa. She added that the person is now banned from Battersea. The dog that was returned has now been adopted into a more loving family, she said.

It is all about giving a second chance to the pets. The staff at Battersea works hard to find a home of the animals. All that these pets want is love and in return, they are ready to give unconditional loyalty to you.

first published:March 17, 2021, 19:08 IST